China’s post-90s migrant workers: Rural identity but urban heart

Alia | July 7th, 2013 - 9:38 pm

China’s younger generations of migrant workers know nothing about rural life and want nothing to do with it. Their dream is to one day conquer the cities.

Was the 4-year-old boy detained in “black jail” by local government or abandoned by his stepfather? Chinese netizens split

Alia | May 21st, 2013 - 3:12 am
The boy now

The most significant change in the case is Chinese netizens’ attitude towards such a story. Gone are the days when people trust government rhetoric. Gone, too, are the days when people automatically buy into stories depicting an “evil” government.

Will Xi Jinping open a Weibo? Chinese netizens speculate

Alia | February 6th, 2013 - 4:46 am
XI in front of a computer

The most talked about account on Sina Weibo in the past 2 days is probably the mysterious @学习粉丝团, which updates the whereabouts of China’s president-in-waiting Xi Jinping. It explained that no one is behind the Weibo and he is just an ordinary fan, but Chinese netizens still fancy at the idea of a personal Weibo of Xi.

The Xi Jinping that you don’t know

Alia | December 26th, 2012 - 5:10 pm

Xinhua News published a series of profile reports of the members of China’s new Politburo, including personal pictures of Xi Jinping with his family. The move is seen by many as another sign that Xi and China’s new leadership are serious about reform and changing the Party’s image.